Toddler-Friendly Sofa Choice?

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Q: My wife and I are looking for a sofa for the living room in our contemporary/mid-century modern house. We love the Hess sofa from Room and Board in the trip linen fabric. But...

We are concerned that there might be trouble with a 2.5 year old toddler and stains, given that the fabric is light-colored and primarily cotton-based. We've thought about having the same sofa in darker colors or in a different type of fabric (such as Terri Charcoal, Deirdre Slate, or Dustin Pewter). But we are wondering if it is worth the money to pay more to get it customized or if we should get the Jasper in Dilchrest Charcoal instead (which is darker and likely more stain resistant).

We've also thought about leather, but the colors the Hess comes in don't really match our room. We also like the Reid sofa from Design Within Reach in slate leather. But again, that is more expensive, and so we wonder whether it's worth it. (We love the white leather version but are very concerned about that getting dirty or stained.)

All in all, we are thoroughly confused. We've seen tons of great sofa discussions on the site, so we thought we'd see if anyone had any thoughts on the above or other recommendations.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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